VENUE RENEWAL 2017
Our Performing Arts Complex
In 1959, Brisbane Arts Theatre had been producing theatre for 23 years without our own venue. We bought Dan's, a secondhand shop, and turned it into a theatre, opening in 1961. It burnt down just three years later, was redesigned by acclaimed Brisbane architect John Dalton, and rebuilt within just 12 months. In 2016, the building stands almost untouched since 1965, with minor building works undertaken in the 70s and 90s.
50 years on, it's time to revitalise our iconic venue.
The Renewal Project
Our plans for renovation are the result of four years of energy and preparation. In 2012, we commissioned a local architect to incorporate the innovative ideas of our people, developing a master plan for major overhaul of our complex. Some key features of the master plan are:
- A new bar and box office, relocated within the courtyard, allowing better access, space and visibility.
- New restrooms, with disabled access.
- A new front-of-house area, extending and enclosing patron areas and offering views of Brisbane.
- New conference room on first floor.
- Reconfiguring of spaces to allow rehearsal venue areas.
- A new two-level set construction workshop, with stage-level access.
- New dressing rooms and rear-of-stage gantry for crossover.
- New sound-locks and additional measures for sound-proofing.
The total estimated required investment for the master plan is $2.71 million.
Stage One is the first step in redeveloping the Arts Theatre. It includes major renovations to the public areas of the venue, including the courtyard, bar, box office and restrooms. Key work in this stage includes:
- A new bar and box office, relocated within the courtyard to offer faster service and a wider range of food and beverage services.
- New patron restrooms, including disabled access.
- A new, extended, fully enclosed and totally flexible front-of-house space for greater comfort and better protection from the elements.
- Reconfiguration of spaces to re-establish an on-site rehearsal venue.
Making the Arts Theatre Accessible to all patrons
Stage One is designed as a major improvement to the Arts Theatre's facilities for visiting patrons. Most importantly, it removes the barrier of stairs between the front-of-house areas and the restrooms for disabled patrons, ensuring the Arts Theatre becomes a fully accessible venue. Stage One not only modernises our public areas, but extends the capacity of the courtyard space. The addition of a rehearsal space will be the first since the sale of property in 2011, significantly reducing annual expenditure on rehearsal venue leases.
The estimated cost of Stage One is $300,000. We need to raise $150,000 from corporate and private donors.
Make a donation
Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Donors of $150 or more receive:
- A special Brisbane Arts Theatre lapel pin;
- An invitation to the VIP official opening of Stage One;
- Acknowledgement in our 2018 season brochure.
Corporate donors should contact our Executive Officer to discuss our corporate partnership packages.